Ambassador Renate: First Lady of Peace for all the Worlds Children
A Siebenbürger Sachsen Immigrant’s Peace Trail to Cleveland, Ohio
Nach dem Staatsstreich vom 23 August 1944 und der Kriegserklarung Rumaniens am Deutschland zwei Tage spatter spitzte sich die Sicherheitslage Anfang September fur einige sachsische Gemainden im sogenannten Szeklerzipfel bzw. im ungarisch-rumanischen Grenzraum bedrohlich zu. Als deren unmittelbare Folge kam es fur Tausende von alteren Menschen, Frauen und Kindern zure ubersturzten Flucht, die fur einige den Tod, fur die moisten Not, Elend und Heimatverlust mit sich brachte. Im Folgenden soll die Chronologie der militarischen Ereignizze in diesen dramatischen Spatsommertagen nachgezeichnet warden.
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When Romania signed a peace treaty with the Soviets in 1944, the German military began withdrawing the Saxons from Transylvania:
Around 100,000 Germans fled before the Soviet Red Army, but Romania did not conduct the expulsion of Germans as did neighboring countries at war’s end. However, more than 10 Million people including 70,000 Saxons ‘disappeared’ after they were arrested by the Soviet Army for alleged cooperation with Germany.
Because they are considered Auslandsdeutsche (“Germans abroad”) by the German government, the Saxons had the right to German citizenship. Consequently, numerous Saxons emigrated to Germany and Austria. Renate’s Father, Hans Gottschick, moved his family from Waltersdorf in Bistriţa-Năsăud County Translvania to Ried im Inkreis, Austria, where Renate was born.
The Gottschick Family later emigrated from Austria in 1954 to Ohio City in Cleveland, Ohio where many of the German/Saxon immigrants congregated. They all lived in an apartment building near the Westside Market until permanent housing and jobs could be found. Across the street from the apartment was St. Emery Hungarian Catholic Church.
In those years, shopping at the Westside Market was pretty much of a daily ritual. There were no big malls. Fries and Schuele was also a store which was visited frequently. It was not easy in those years coming to a new county and life, but there was a bond and togetherness with the German community that is still talked about today. Families in the
The Greater Cleveland German community still supports each other to this day. Friendships were always cherished amongst the communities. When I was very young, going to the Westside Sachsenheim was always special. There were holiday events for children which we always looked forward to. To this day, these are still going on at the Sachsenheim. My husband, David, and I met at the Sachsenheim when he was with the Deutshe Musik Veien German Music School. How ironic that we still go to the Sachsenheim today! It is a very special historical place with many memories for us and other people, too. I also remember going to the Hofbrau Haus (which was the eastside Sachsenheim) on East 55th Street which would have dances every Friday and Saturday nights. You would always see the ethnic community there on those nights! Steve Bensic who started the Hofbrau Haus had a beautiful European setting, and not only for the Germans, but it was a place where all European immigrants could congregate and enjoy themselves. My husband, David, and I used to go to the Hofbrau Haus on Friday and Saturday nights before we got married and we always said how special the place was. It is still talked about today. Since most of the Germans/Saxon were Lutheran, we went to Teutsch Evangelical Lutheran Church, which the Saxons started.
Around the mid 1970s, a distinctly off-center collection of counter culture hippies, agrarians, artists, musicians, anarchists, philosophers, immigrants, nudists, students, writers, and some vegetarians started to assemble informally around a primitive campfire in the woods up the banks of the Rocky River in Berea, Ohio.
David and Renate Jakupca, welcomed into their woods these social refugees, some staying for only a day, some for years, but always around the Fire. Meanwhile, the campfire reputation as an avant-garde cultural center continued to grow, drawing the likes of sculptor John Puskas, adventurer poet Daniel Thompson, activist Ione Biggs, and environmentalist John Perera, writer Barb Sherwood, socialite Pat Hitt as well as other members of the international community. This fringe establishment became a lay convent for free thinkers and international intellectuals seeking connections between humankind, nature, culture and the universe, where, later in 1987, it all formed into the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) organization.
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about what it takes to develop peaceful World Children. Renate explains that “Living in Peace is what all living things [ Worlds Children ] share in common. Why don’t we teach our kids these things in schools? Aren’t they supposed to learn facts that will make their lives better and healthier? And the values to implement them?”
The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) was founded by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987 to meet the compelling needs of ordinary citizens for access to current, balanced, understandable information about complex global issues.
ICEA was organized into three divisions: Environmental, Humanities, Arts and Culture, this acts as an umbrella organization of affiliated groups that support related agendas with the idea of creating a prototype NGO that is easily replicable in other communities, cities, states and countries. ICEA’s mission is the Theory of ICEALITY on Environmental Arts, that is to “Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and culture ultimately promoting a sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things (Human, Plant and Animal Kingdoms)” As the first professional art organization to be solely dedicated to this endeavor, this has made ICEA a leader in the Environmental Arts Movement and a force for socially responsible activity.
ICEA unique holistic approach for advocating environmental issues through Iceality was enthusiastically accepted by the United Nations and ICEA was invited to participate in the 1992 EARTH SUMMIT in Rio de Janeiro. David and Renate were on location in Canada but Ben Chavis c=carried the artwork entitled ‘For the Children to the earth Summit for exhibition. “The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) is the blueprint that all all arts organizations should aspire to worldwide. Inspirational, groundbreaking, innovative, encouraging and most important all inclusive. Creativity is strong in ICEA’s hands”. Ben Chavis, UCC at the Earth Summit 1992
World Conference on Human Rights, 14-25 June 1993, Vienna, Austria:
Renate returned to her Heimatland as an Official United Nations Observer to the World Conference on Human Rights. At the Conference on Human Rights, Renate, with the approval of U.S. Delegates, Jimmy Carter and Geraldine Ferraro, began recycling and promoting United Nations’ World Conferences through ICEA. And with this partnership with the United Nations, ICEA has influenced a global audience of literally billions of the Worlds Children.
The Bosnian War in former Yugoslavia was going on just south of Vienna and the Human Rights Conference. The Neighbor in Need Program was in effect at the Conference with members of the human rights monitoring team which was composed of international representatives assisting in organizing the largest private donor initiative program in the Balkans. Over 42,000 tons of food and medicine were carried by truck loads to 300,000 refugees and dislocated persons (Muslims, Croats and Serbs). The relief deliveries and the distribution were channeled through the Austrian Red Cross and Caritas and the truck loads of goods was dispatched, and the Austrian people were personally thanked by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
Working with the Neighbor in Need Program, Renate realized that war affects the Worlds Children in different ways. First, those children are dependent on the care, compassion, and attention of family around them. These family bonds are often disrupted in times of war and refugee children may be forced to substitute care with strangers or lose all adult protection. During the Bosnian War, they were known as “unaccompanied children”.
David Jakupca told me during our interview that “…at the UN Conference on Human Rights – Revisited in Cleveland, Ohio, Renate went immediately to the leaders of the community through Dr. Werner Lange, Director of the InterChurch Council of Cleveland to organize a local Neighbor in Need Program for Bosnia. This humanitarian action was eventually supported by US Ambassador Milton Wolfe and reached the office of President Bill Clinton.
The World Conferences-Revisited will, in all its work, endeavor to speak out clearly in favor of local, regional and global long-term interests that allow basic problems to be addressed. It will seek always in its work, to promote the interests of the poor, underprivileged and disenfranchised, and show to future generations culture is an essential ingredient for sustainable development.